Oatmeal-Banana Parfaits

Since fresh fruits are scarce all winter long, eat bananas to satisfy that craving. This easy dessert is a sure winner.

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Serving size: 4
Calories per serving: 900

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2-1 ounces packets plain instant oatmeal (about 1 cup)
1/3 cup ground walnuts
For the Bark:
1/3 cup sugar
1 stick unsalted butter
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
For the Oatmeal Cream:
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1-1 ounces packet plain instant oatmeal (about cup)
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 bananas, thinly sliced

Make the bark: Preheat the oven to 350. Combine the flour, oatmeal, walnuts, sugar and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat and cook until light brown, 6 minutes. Stir into the dry ingredients. Press the dough into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake until golden brown, 30 minutes.

Remove the crust from the oven and sprinkle with the chocolate; let stand until soft, then spread with the back of a spoon. Refrigerate the bark until firm, 30 minutes. Break into pieces.

Make the oatmeal cream: Fill a large bowl with ice. Microwave 3/4 cup cream until simmering, 45 seconds. Puree with the oatmeal, sugar, a pinch of salt, vanilla and nutmeg in a blender. Transfer to a bowl and place over the ice; whisk until cool and thick. In another bowl, whisk the remaining 3/4 cup cream until soft peaks form; fold in the oatmeal puree.

Layer the oatmeal cream, bananas and crushed bark in 4 parfait glasses

Source: foodnetwork.com

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